[joe-frank-list] Any News?

Harold Johnson harold.johnson at gmail.com
Tue Nov 21 14:12:19 PST 2006

I've been wondering the same -- how Joe is doing, and what he's been up to,
artistically.  Or how he's managing to exercise his artistic side: Is he
producing, or recording, or writing?  Is he reading, and if so, what's he
reading now?  Is he going to attempt to tackle Thomas Pynchon's latest 1000+
page tome, or does that seem a waste of time now?

Okay, to be more honest -- because I'm passionate about Joe's work but not
so obsessed that I need to know all the details of his life -- I'm more or
less simply wondering how he's doing.  That is, when I'm not dwelling on
other, and more personal, matters of my own.  Let's just say that we all
have some type of illness in our lives -- whether that be a mom with (what
seems to be an) irreversible and deteriorating condition, a girlfriend with
a debiliating illness, or your own struggle with alcholism or depression or
whatever beguiles you.  From my experience, when you encounter illness, you
learn to live with it, one way or another.  Either that, or you let it
*become* you; I've let that happen all too often.

Here's blatant speculation, based on no evidence:

1) Perhaps Joe is struggling with his new manner of living.

2) Perhaps the initial struggle is over, and he's just now getting somewhat
comfortable with the way his life has been rearranged.

3) Perhaps Joe never struggled as much as some of us may believe.

4) Perhaps Joe came to a personal realization that his work is complete, and
now he's "retiring in style".

5) Perhaps Joe is hard at work on a new project.

6) Perhaps Joe is hardly at work on a new project, but will suddenly be
inspired to complete the work after reading this message.

7) Perhaps Joe has already engaged in numerous activities we're all unaware
of, and may never know.  (This last item seems most likely.)

Anyway, as they say so often these days: Be Well, everyone,

fiction by harold johnson, in various
formats, including text, audio, and video

On 11/21/06, bewareofdog at mac.com <bewareofdog at mac.com> wrote:
> Just wondering if anyone had got any news of Joe's health recently,
> if he's still working on Santa Monica Book of The Dead...
> I ran into Griifin Dunne at a bar in NYC last week.  I confessed I
> was a fan of his work, & managed to work up the nerve to ask him
> about After Hours and the JF program Lies...
> He replied he hadn't been aware of the controversy until afterwards,
> but was a fan of Joe's work.  He had heard Joe has not been well and
> expressed concern.
> I'm also working with Richard Foreman, a NY avant-garde theater
> director, who is also a fan of Joe's programs.  He has also heard Joe
> has not been well.
> The last news update on the website was in July... and damnit, Joe...
> we're all pulling for you.
> If you happen to read this and are well enough to travel to New York,
> there will be always be a seat reserved for you at Richard Foreman's
> show "Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead!"
> We're running Jan 19th through May 6th.
> The list has been kind of quiet as of late, anyone got anything?
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